Winston & Strawn has added McDermott Will & Emery senior counsel H. Guy Collier in Washington, bulking up the firm’s healthcare expertise at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is spurring turbulence and change in the field.
Collier represents nonprofit healthcare systems, public companies, and academic medical centers in a wide range of transactions, and formerly served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the General Counsel.
He joins former McDermott colleagues Amandeep “Aman” Sidhu and T. Reed Stephens, who, along with Bristol-Myers Squibb attorney Winston S. Kirton, joined Winston & Strawn in March.
Collier said his former colleagues asked him to come over to help them build a healthcare practice that’s “a little bit more integrated.”
In McDermott, Collier will bid goodbye to a firm where he’s spent a total of around 30 years.
In his transactional work, Collier has developed a particular speciality working with children’s hospitals and coordinating partnerships and affiliations between academic medical centers and health systems. Among other matters, Collier helped facilitate a public-private partnership between Universal Health Services, a for-profit operator, and a large urban hospital to open a health center in an underserved part of the District of Columbia, he said.
He expects such transactions to continue to dominate the industry in the coming years.
“The pandemic has demonstrated both the strength and shortcomings of our healthcare system,” said Collier, who holds a master’s degree in public health in addition to his law degree. “We have very little capacity in rural areas, and even in urban areas some of our providers did not have the space, the supplies, the facilities, and equipment to take care of the pandemic. The pandemic really impacted communities of color and low income communities, and they’re currently not served well by providers.”
David Rogers, managing partner of Winston’s Washington office, called Collier a “dean” of the healthcare bar.
“We are fortunate to have him join us to provide guidance in the midst of a world-wide pandemic,” Rogers said in a statement.